Bollinger delivers 60,000 barrel OPA’90 tank barge to Bouchard

by Hans | June 20th, 2010

Lockport, LA . . . Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered Bollinger hull # 561, B. No. 264, a double hull 60,000 BBL oil tank barge built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90) to Bouchard Ocean Services, Inc., Melville, NY.

“We are pleased to have delivered our 13th OPA’90 tank barge to Bouchard,” said Chris Bollinger, Bollinger’s executive vice president of new construction. “Bouchard is an important customer of Bollinger for both new construction and repair work.  We are once again very grateful to the Bouchard companies who have continued to put their trust in Bollinger, and we are confident that our quality workmanship and timely deliveries will strengthen our relationship well into the future.”

Barge B. No. 264 is a manned ocean, clean oil tank barge measuring 350-foot long, with a 70-foot beam and a depth of 25-feet.  The barge is built to, and certified by American Bureau of Shipping and United States Coast Guard to meet the requirements of OPA’90 with ten (10) cargo compartments and two (2) separate pumping systems. The barge is equipped with two (2) Byron Jackson cargo pumps, driven by Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines, and the deck is equipped with two (2) Techcrane model F10-50 electric-hydraulic cranes. 

Morton S. Bouchard, III, President/CEO of Bouchard Affiliates (Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. / Bouchard Ocean Services) said, “Bouchard is once again pleased to take delivery of another new double hull barge from Bollinger. Bouchard is accustomed to receiving quality tonnage out of Bollinger facilities and is confident that the B. No. 264 will perform as well as her sister vessels built at Bollinger, B. No. 260 and B. No. 262.”

The delivery of the B. No 264 marks the 13th OPA’90 compliant tank barge delivered from Bollinger facilities to Bouchard.   In all, Bollinger has delivered a total of fifty-nine (59) OPA’90 compliant barges into the oil and gas industry.

Founded in 1918, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., ( is a total service oil barging company. The Bouchard fleet includes 24 barges ranging from 35,000 BBL to 252,000 BBL and 19 tugs with power ratings from 3,000 to 10,000 horsepower. They serve the U. S. East, Gulf and West Coasts, the Great Lakes, and the Caribbean.

 Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. ( is a leading designer and builder of ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats and barges, fast military patrol boats and other steel and aluminum products from its three new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 12 shipyards and all are strategically located between New Orleans and Houston with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 32 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Bouchard’s B. No. 264 and tug Evening Tide navigate down the Mississippi River delivering the barge’s first load of cargo.  B. No. 264 was built and delivered from Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C.

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